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Doncaster parkrun wins first Leeds Building Society Community Reward

A popular parkrun at Doncaster’s Sandall Park will be the first to benefit from Leeds Building Society’s Community Reward Scheme.

The initiative, launched in partnership with parkrun, supports participants of parkrun events with projects that make a long-term, positive community difference.

Doncaster’s parkrun and Friends of Sandall Park will received £1,500 to help create a memorial garden in the park, creating a quiet space for reflection.

The new garden is the latest phase of the park’s development and will transform a once neglected and slightly overgrown area.

Mark Hudson, Doncaster parkrun Event Director, said: “We’re delighted to be the first to receive funding as part of Leeds Building Society’s Community Reward Scheme.

“Friends of Sandall Park have done great work in the park and our local community. They’ve been instrumental in the running and success of our parkrun, which now has 300 participants every week.

“It’s great to be able to support the memorial garden project, which will create a space for private or shared reflection and somewhere visitors to the park can take time out for themselves.”

The £1,500 award will be used to install seating, fencing and a dedicated entrance to the memorial garden.

Nikki Marsh, Director of Customer & Digital at Leeds Building Society, said: “The Community Reward Scheme provides funding and volunteer support to projects that help and improve local parkrun communities.

“Assisting Doncaster parkrun and Friends of Sandall Park with their vision of building a memorial garden is a great first project for the Community Reward Scheme.

“It really embodies the purpose of our partnership, to support and bring together local communities. As a mutual, founded on the principle of people helping people, this is important to us.”

Leeds Building Society and parkrun launched the Community Reward Scheme to celebrate a year of partnership between the two organisations. The scheme is open to participants of parkrun events nationwide and offers grants and practical support to initiatives that make a long-term, positive difference in their communities.

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Doncaster parkrun Event Director Mark Hudson and parkrunners at Sandall Park

Doncaster parkrun Event Director Mark Hudson and parkrunners at Sandall Park

For over 140 years, Leeds Building Society has been helping its members save and have the home they want. The UK’s 5th largest building society and operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland. The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.

After starting life in 2004 as a community running event in Teddington, parkrun is now a national and global phenomenon. A not-for-profit, volunteer-led organisation, parkrun now has events in 20 countries, and more than 520 events take place every Saturday across the UK. 1.6 million people across the UK have taken part in a parkrun, with 118,000 volunteers delivering the events in 2017 alone.